Steamroller takes to Lincoln street to make wood prints

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — As history continues to move forward, so does the understanding of what art is.

With empty streets and a capable steamroller driver, what was once construction work is now artwork.

This type of art is referred to as steamroller printing, which transfers the designs on large wood carvings to various materials.

Over the summer, Lincoln residents got the chance to tour nine different locations in the city that featured woodblock prints.

On Sunday, they had the chance to make their own prints using available presets on paper and T-shirts.

The main attraction of the Lux Center for the Arts’ Summerfest was a demonstration of how these prints can be made on a larger scale.

Executive Director Joe Shaw said these yearly events allow visitors to come and interact with local artists while getting the chance to make some unique artwork of their own.

“A lot of the nine Nebraska mural artists, which are still up in nine different locations around Lincoln, [are] using the woodcuts that they made for those prints here today,” Shaw said.

He said most of the crowd, which was gathered on the Baldwin Avenue side of the building, were past patrons of the center coming out to show their support.

“They have children who have taken classes at the Lux, just various community members that love art,” Shaw said. “We have a wide variety of students from every ZIP code in Lincoln.”

Local artists Karen Kunc, Hannah Demma and Toan Vuong, among others, could be seen at the booth preparing the ink and cutouts but also spent time interacting with each visitor who stopped by.

Demma, a print artist, took a moment to step away from the booth to drive the steamroller while being cheered on by fellow artists and art lovers alike.

“This is just one way of magnifying [print art] and showing people this is how it’s done,” Shaw said.

With each print freshly rolled, one of the participating artists would hold up the work for everyone to see, giving members of the community a moment in the spotlight.

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